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APC Is Not A Progressive Party, Declares Buhari (Video)

APC Is Not A Progressive Party, Declares Buhari (Video)

The senator representing Oyo North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate, Abdulfatai Buhari, has asserted that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is "not a progressive party".

AllNews understands that the APC was founded in 2013 on progressive and democratic ideals - according to their founding members.

But speaking in a recent interview with Oyo State-based broadcaster, Edmund Obilo, Buhari argued that the real 'progressive' is in the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

"Let's be honest with each other. I don't like it when people are talking from inferiority complex," Buhari said.

Buhari

Abdulfatai Buhari

"APC is not a progressive party. It's not AD; it's not UPN. APC is a coalition of other parties that they merged together.

"Let that sink into you. APGA from Igboland; CPC from the North; APC - part of the remnants of AD that were quarreling.

"There is AD now... If you are talking about progressive, they should go and join AD. That's the truth.

"In politics, you can't do it alone.

"If they are talking about monopoly, this is our party. AD is still alive."

Worsening Oyo APC Crisis

A former deputy chairman of APC in Oyo State, Isiaka Alimi, in a statement to the press last Thursday, said the party was gradually returning to peace after the Abuja peace meeting but Kayode Fayemi’s attempt to hand over the party’s leadership to Adebayo Alao-Akala, Teslim Folarin, and Fatai Buhari, who are former People's Democratic Party (PDP) members, will cause harm to the party.

Adebayo Alao-Akala

Adebayo Alao-Akala

At a meeting between Fayemi (Governor of Ekiti State) and the contending factions of the party in the state recently, the governor reportedly prevailed on them to defer to Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor of the state, as the leader of the party.

“There is no provision for the position of leader in the constitution of APC,” the statement by Alimi said.

“How can you impose an illegality on a political party? Where there is no governor, the party chairman is the leader of the party.

"We are suspicious of the secret agenda that is driving this imposition of a leader.

"It is illegal and will only make the case of the party worse. Let Otunba Akala be the leader of the people coming with him into the party. He cannot be the leader to the people he met in the party.”

“He was a PDP governor, not a progressives governor.

"Since 2007, we have defeated him at every election in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

"So what is he bringing that qualifies him to be a leader? They only want to hijack the APC for the PDP.

"The attempt to hand over the APC to conservative elements will not work. Unfortunately,it has only worsened the crisis in the state chapter of APC”, he said.

Similarly, the Unity Forum of the party in Oyo State rejected the announcement by Fayemi that Alao-Akala is a leader of the party in the state.

In a statement jointly signed by four of its leaders namely, Senator Soji Akanbi, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Senator Ayoade Adeseun, and Adebayo Shittu, the forum said Fayemi only proposed the composition of an advisory council of elders with Alao-Akala as chairperson.

“When attempts were made by some contributors that Otunba Akala be made the leader of the party in the state, this was vehemently opposed on two grounds: One, that the constitution of APC does not make a provision for a leader.

"Second, that given the recent experience of the party with dictatorial leadership, the council of elders should provide collegiate advisory leadership for the party instead of creating another possible dictator.

“The opinion was so overwhelming that in his closing remarks, Otunba Akala angrily rejected the offer to be chair of a council of elders.

"He said he was only ready to be leader of the party.”

No more crises in Oyo APC, my ambition to rule the state intact – Adelabu

Furthermore, the Governorship candidate of the APC in Oyo State in the 2019 general election, Adebayo Adelabu has said that there were no more crises in the party after the aggrieved parties have been reconciled, paving the way for early preparation ahead of the 2023 general election.

Adebayo Adelabu

Adebayo Adelabu

While saying the move was to better position the party for the 2023 election, Adelabu added that “as it is today, there is no leadership crisis in the APC in the state.

"I am part of the reconciliation process, from the meeting held in the house of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, to the Abuja meeting and the last one convened by Governor Kayode Fayemi in his Ibadan residence.”

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy governor, who stated this at a recent media parley as part of the activities put in place to mark his 50th birthday anniversary, coming up on Monday, said the ongoing controversy on the person of who is the leader of APC in Oyo State is misplaced.

He declared that the general consensus of the stakeholders is that there is no single leader of the party, but a college of leaders, while erstwhile governor Alao-Akala has been chosen to be the chairman of the college of leaders in Oyo APC.

According to him, one good thing that has happened to the APC is the fact that there are no more crises, after a successful reconciliation of all the aggrieved parties.

“The deliberations and decisions reached at all the meetings are encouraging. We are ready to work together.

"We don’t have groups in the party again. We don’t have Unity Forum, SENACO or any other group.

"What we have now is one strong APC in Oyo State,” he said.

Saying he was happy about the ongoing reconciliation process in Oyo APC which he noted, has produced former Governor Alao-Akala as the leader of the College of Leaders of the party, he explained, “What we have now is a collegiate leadership in the Oyo APC, with Governor Alao-Akala appointed as the leader of the College of Leaders.

"Nobody with political ambition can be part of the collegiate.”

At the event were former chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Ayodeji Aleshinloye, Wale Sanusi, Wale Murphy, Gbenga Olayemi, and Bayo Busari.

Speaking on the 2019 general election, he said that the coalition between gubernatorial candidates in the state which was facilitated by a former governor, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja was the only reason he lost the election to Governor Seyi Makinde.

Former governor Ladoja facilitated the coalition between governorship candidates of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bolaji Ayorinde and People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Seyi Makinde few days to the 2019 gubernatorial election.

He said that the coalition was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, adding that Makinde would not have won the election if the coalition did not take place.

“The coalition is no more there; he has disappointed those who signed the pact with him prior to the election. Let me tell you that it is a matter of what we can see.

"One of those who worked for him, Senator Femi Lanlehin is now in APC.

"The coalition is no more there. And the governor has not done anything meaningfully in the last one year.

"We will dislodge him because the coalition is no more there and the poor performance of the governor will give us opportunity ahead of him,” he said.

He, however, said his ambition to govern the state in 2023 remains alive and will never die.

While declaring that he was happy that he did not win the 2019 election, he pointed out that now, at 50, he is more mature and would make a better governor in 2023.

“Losing the election has afforded me opportunity to know more about how progressives operate in the state and I have warmed myself into the heart of the APC members and leaders in the state.

“My interest in Oyo politics is still very alive. My governorship is alive, undying, and will never die.

"I am happy for not becoming the governor in 2019. That loss has made me to get wiser politically and has made me to be closer to the people at the grassroots and also the political leaders,” he said.

On the chances of the APC against the PDP administration in the state, Adelabu said the main opposition party, aided by the success of the ongoing reconciliation process, would collectively dislodge Governor Seyi Makinde from office in the state.

He alleged that almost two years after Governor Makinde was inaugurated, there is nothing concrete could be pointed to as an achievement of the PDP-led government.

“Everything this administration promised the people of the state is still on their wish list 16 months after coming on board.

"With the caliber of people that have returned to APC, no party can stand the way of our party,” he said.

“No state needs a governor before salary is paid. When salary is paid through statutory allocations and it goes straight to the Accountant General, they take it to the bank and they pay. Why must that be the major achievement of any governor?

“And when you embark too much on populist programmes, which, in most cases, are not always giving the state sustainable development, it is more about immediate consumption.

“Populist programmes are short-lived. Within a short period, people will know that this man doesn’t really have so much to offer in terms of sustainable infrastructural development,” Adelabu said.

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He was therefore full of thanks to God for sparing his life to reach 50 years, noting that his grandfather, Adegoke Adelabu and father AbdulRauf Adelabu, both died aged 43 and 33, respectively.

Watch Buhari's video below:

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